A Level Pathways
Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Other subject choices are also available depending on timetabling.
This A Level is included within the following A Level Pathways as an ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Business and Entrepreneurship; English and Communication; Financial Academy; Medical Health. (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling).
About the course
During the course, you will focus on practising listening, speaking and reading skills in-group activities. You will be expected to learn vocabulary and to do most of your written work in your own time (approximately 5 hours per week).
In the induction period we will introduce you to new ways of working and studying, particularly in hearing and speaking more French.
You will study the following topics: Current trends in French speaking society; Artistic culture in the French speaking world; Current issues in French speaking society; Political life in the French speaking world.
You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English Language and a grade 5/C in French.
Studying a language at a higher level can develop your confidence and communication skills, as well as improve your career prospects. If you want to go to university, you can study French by itself, or as part of another course, for example, jointly with accounting, business, engineering or law. Many universities encourage students to spend a year abroad, and many employers’ value people with experience of other languages and cultures.
Work experience and employability
There might be an opportunity to take part in a study trip to Paris, depending on the number of participants. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.
What additional resources will I need?
You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.
This course is free to students aged 16-18.
Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.
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